|Senior All-Ireland accordion champion.||1959 and 1960|
|"Traditional Musician of the Year" RTE Irish Television.||1970|
|Represented Ireland at World Accordion Festival held in Montmagny, Quebec, Canada.||1989|
|Hosted hiw own Radio show entitled "Ireland in America" on station K.D.H.X., St. Louis Missouri.||1989-1991|
|Represented Ireland in "Accordions that shook the World" tour.||1992|
|"Hall of Fame" award Rostrevor, Co. Down.||1990|
|"Lifetime Achievement" award "Irish World" newspaper, London.||1997|
|"Honorary Member" award National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs, Scotland.||1974|
|"Traditional Musician of the Year" award - A.I.B. and Galway Chamber of Commerce.||1997|
|Represented Ireland at traditional music festival Canayyama, Japan.||2001|
|Boston College Award for "Your exceptional mastery and life long illustration of the music in Ireland".||2000|
|Arranged and Performed music for "Old Ireland" - a film depicting rural Ireland in the mid twentieth century.||2002|
|Gradam an comhaltais||2003|
|Hall of fame New York Comhaltas||2010|
|Represented Ireland in Moscow Music Festival||2010|
Teaches Master Classes
- Willie Clancy Summer School, Co. Clare
- South Sligo Summer School, Co. Sligo
- Joe Mooney Summer School, Co. Leitrim
- Mcpeake Summer School, Belfast.
Lectures and talks on traditional music entitled:
- "Emigrant Musicians of the Twentieth Century"
- "The Music of East Galway"
- "The Accordion in Traditional Music"
- "Time of Change" Traditional Music mid Twentieth Century.